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Watch: Toby Keith drops lyric video to name-dropping new single 'That's Country Bro'

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Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith is facilitating singalongs to his name-checking new song "That's Country Bro" with the release today of a lyric video. 

As previously reported, the Norman resident penned the new song with his longtime collaborator Bobby Pinson, and the debuted May 3 across all radio, streaming and digital platforms.

The lyrics encourage people that if you're "gonna be country, you ought to know something 'bout the roots and the boots and the rhinestone suits that started this rodeo." 

In a rapid-fire drawl, the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee sings the praises of a slew of country music greats, including Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Kitty Wells, Jimmy Dean, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Buck Owens, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Earl Thomas Conley, John Wayne, Andy Griffith, Alabama, George Strait and Randy Travis. He name drops a few with Oklahoma ties, too, including Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller and Bob Wills.

Toby Keith [Photo provided]
Toby Keith [Photo provided]

Of course, Keith has direct connections to many of those he references. Whether it was filling in for an ailing Merle Haggard at his final show, paying tribute to Glen Campbell for the Academy of Country Music, or multiple connections to Willie Nelson (including the songs and videos for "Beer For My Horses," "Weed With Willie," "Wacky Tobaccy"). And Marshal Dillon and Roy Rogers have already received the name-drop treatment in Keith's first smash single "Should've Been A Cowboy.

The song also includes tributes to country cultural icons like the Grand Ole Opry, "Hee-Haw," "Smoky & the Bandit," John Wayne and Andy Griffith. 

As previously reported, Keith, who was born in Clinton and grew up in Moore, has named his upcoming tour after the new single. The first leg of "Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour" kicks off May 26 at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa, and the trek's initial leg has been announced, with 28 cities on the slate and more to come.

The song also is sure to be a highlight of the Toby Keith and Friends Sweet 16 Golf Classic. As previously reported, Keith's annual hometown fundraiser for his Toby Keith Foundation and the OK Kids Korral returns to Norman's Riverwind Casino and Belmar Golf Club May 31-June 1. The "Denim & Diamonds"-themed event kicks off Friday, May 31 at Riverwind with dinner, live and silent auctions and the music of Eddy Raven, among others, including Keith. The next morning, it's off to Belmar for the double shotgun start of the event's celebrity golf tournament. 

The single is Keith's first new music since he contributed the haunting anthem "Don't Let The Old Man In" to last year's widely praised Clint Eastwood film "The Mule." To read my interview with Keith about that project, click here

-BAM 


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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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